The American Music Awards hit a four-year high Sunday, while The Mentalist rose for its much-anticipated Red John conclusion.
The AMAs drew 12.9 million viewers and a 4.5 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, surging 32 percent over last year's show. It was the night's highest-rated program outside of Sunday Night Football (24 million, 8.8).
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The Mentalist nabbed 10.6 million and a 1.5 for its biggest audience since January and a one-tenth improvement from last week. The Amazing Race (8 million, 1.5) was down five tenths and The Good Wife (9.5 million, 1.3) slipped one tenth. CBS' numbers are slightly skewed from football delays in some markets.
Leading out of football, The Simpsons (6.5 million, 2.9) and Bob's Burgers (4 million, 1.9) saw huge bumps, while Family Guy (4.5 million, 2.2) and American Dad! (3.8 million, 1.8) were flat and up a tenth, respectively.
One day earlier, Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special grabbed 3.6 million viewers in its two airings to become the highest-rated telecast ever on BBC America. The Day of the Doctor, which was broadcast in 94 countries, also broke the Guinness World Record for largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.
CBS: The Amazing Race 8 million viewers (1.5 demo rating)
ABC: American Music Awards 12.9 million (4.5)
Fox: The Simpsons 6.5 million (2.9); Bob's Burgers 4 million (1.9)
NBC: Sunday Night Football 24 million (8.8) [8-11 p.m.]
CBS: The Good Wife 9.5 million (1.3)
Fox: Family Guy 4.5 million (2.2); American Dad! 3.8 million (1.8)
CBS: The Mentalist 10.6 million (1.5)